Monument Avenue Plein Air

One fall morning I pack up my paints and Plein air supplies and walked down to the Robert E. Lee Monument. From my house in the Fan it’s about a 3/4 mile walk. Once I arrived to his traffic circle I must have walked around that monument 3 times trying to decide on a spot and which direction would be the easiest to draw. I knew there was no such thing, but I like to think of it as my process.;)Β 

Drawing has never been my strength. Especially something as complicated as this monument. But, after much use of my eraser I got the general drawn.Β 

Blocking in the background, trees, sky and grass in the foreground.

Background is finished! Now to focus on the monument. I look at the brightest and darkest parts of the statue. Shadows on the steps and the columns. It was about 10am and I was facing west. The sun was shining brightly from behind me making the shadows very strong.

Robert E. Lee Monument | 12 x 9″ | Oil on Canvas Board

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